Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)
CIDOB is an independent and plural think tank based in Barcelona, dedicated to the study, research and analysis of international affairs. Created in 1973 as an International Documentation Centre of Barcelona, it is a private foundation since 1979. CIDOB is a dynamic community of analysts that works to produce and offer to all political actors –from individual citizens to international organisations– information and ideas to help formulate and promote policies for a more secure, free and fair world for everyone.
Blanca Garcés is a Senior researcher at CIDOB in the area of migration. PhD cum laude in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam and BA in History and Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. Her PhD thesis was awarded the Dutch Sociological Association (NSV) prize for the best sociological dissertation defended in the Netherlands in 2009 and 2010. Blanca has worked on immigration policies in Malaysia and Spain, the policymaking of integration policies from a multilevel perspective, political discourses on immigration and on irregular immigration from a comparative perspective. Between 2010 and 2016 she was Juan de la Cierva postdoc researcher and visiting professor at Pompeu Fabra University. Blanca is lecturer at the Political Science Department of Barcelona University and member of the European network IMISCOE. Together with Rinus Penninx, she has recently published a book about the concept and policies of integration in Europe (Springer, 2016). She is now working on policies and political discourses on refugees from a European comparative perspective.
Dr Elena Sánchez-Montijano is Senior Research Fellow at Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) in the area of migration and lecturer at the Political Science Department of Barcelona University. She holds a PhD in Political and Social Science from the Pompeu Fabra University. Currently, she is co-director of the Migrant Integration Policy Index project (MIPEX) and researcher at National Integration Evaluation Mechanism project (NIEM), which analyses refugee policies in the EU. Furthermore, she is researcher at Common European Asylum System Evaluation project (CEASEVAL), funded by Horizon2020 programme. She was visiting researcher at Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at Oxford University, and Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM) at Université de Liège. Her main areas of interest are immigrants and refugees integration policies in the EU.
Francesco Pasetti is a research fellow at CIDOB in the area of migration and adjunct professor at Pompeu Fabra University. His interest in “migration matters” dates back to his experience at the ASK Research Center (Bocconi University) where he developed a two-year project on diasporic media. Turned his attention to the world of politics, he delved into the study of immigrant integration and its politics at GRITIM-UPF, firstly as master student and then as PhD candidate. In Francesco's doctoral thesis he addressed the issue of integration policies in Europe through a mixed-method investigation, paying special attention to the political imaginaries that lie beyond citizenship regimes in Italy and Spain. Francesco's expertise on integration policies grows in parallel as research collaborator for the Migration Policy Center (European University Institute) between 2013 and 2015. His research interests and his areas of expertise include immigration and integration policies in comparative perspective, the political ideas and discourses related to immigration and its governance, as well as the media representation of the immigration phenomenon.